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* WholePlotReference: Aang's training with Guru Pathik is largely a {{homage}} to [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]].

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* WholePlotReference: Aang's training with Guru Pathik is largely a {{homage}} to [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack ''[[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]].Back]]''.


* StangingtheEavesdrop: The first part of Azula's BatmanGambit to take over Ba Sing Se.

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* StangingtheEavesdrop: StagingTheEavesdrop: The first part of Azula's BatmanGambit to take over Ba Sing Se.


* BluffTheEavesdropper: The first part of Azula's BatmanGambit to take over Ba Sing Se.


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* StangingtheEavesdrop: The first part of Azula's BatmanGambit to take over Ba Sing Se.

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* MeditatingUnderAWaterfall: Aang takes lessons from Guru Pathik in front of a waterfall.

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''[[caption-width-right:333:Aang attempts to master the Avatar State.]]''


** Another one comes from Azula's line about how terrible it must be that you can't even trust in those closest to you. Flash forward to season 3 [[spoiler: when Mai and Ty Lee betray Azula, which starts Azula's own SanitySlippage]]. This may have been intentional, as Mai and Ty Lee look at each other briefly when Azula makes that claim.

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** Another one comes from Azula's line about how terrible it must be that you can't even trust in those closest to you. Flash forward to season 3 [[spoiler: when Mai and Ty Lee betray Azula, which starts Azula's own SanitySlippage]]. This may have been intentional, as [[{{Foreshadowing}} Mai and Ty Lee look at each other briefly briefly]] when Azula makes that claim.

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** Another one comes from Azula's line about how terrible it must be that you can't even trust in those closest to you. Flash forward to season 3 [[spoiler: when Mai and Ty Lee betray Azula, which starts Azula's own SanitySlippage]]. This may have been intentional, as Mai and Ty Lee look at each other briefly when Azula makes that claim.


* LockingMacGyverInTheStoreCupboard: Toph escapes the steel cage by inventing a specialized form of Earthbending.


* DieOrFly: Toph is being carried away, back to her parents, where she will be undoubtedly placed under even '''''more''''' restrictions than before she'd run away, in a metal container. Using her [[DisabilitySuperpower unique abilities to locate the earth elements within the metal]], she invents Metalbending.


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* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: Toph is being carried away, back to her parents, where she will be undoubtedly placed under even '''''more''''' restrictions than before she'd run away, in a metal container. Using her [[DisabilitySuperpower unique abilities to locate the earth elements within the metal]], she invents Metalbending.



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* TheBigBoard: The Earthbender strategists plan the invasion of the Fire Nation on a huge board.



* HopeSpot: Everything was looking up in last episode. Long Feng has been arrested, the Earth Kingdom military is preparing for an invasion of the Fire Nation, Toph's mother appears to be waiting for her, and Kyoshi Warriors have arrived. It is then revealed that the Dai Li remain secretly loyal to Long Feng, Toph walks into a trap laid by Master Yu and Xin Fu, and the Kyoshi Warriors turn out to be Princess Azula and her friends, with Azula preparing her most ambitious gambit yet.



* WholePlotReference: Aang's training with Guru Pathik is largely a {{homage}} to [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]].

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* WholePlotReference: Aang's training with Guru Pathik is largely a {{homage}} to [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]].Back]].
* YouGetMeCoffee: Subverted when Sokka's father hands out order to his men to get ready for battle. When he comes to Sokka, the latter expect some minor task to be handed to him, but it turns out he is supposed to sail out together with the rest of the men.
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* PsychoticSmirk: Azula puts a subtle one on in the final shot as she's being led away by the Dai Li, knowing that Long Feng is playing right into her hands.


* WholePlotReference: Aang's training with Guru Pathik is largely a homage to [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]].

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* WholePlotReference: Aang's training with Guru Pathik is largely a homage {{homage}} to [[Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back]].


-->'''Xin Fu:''' ''(to Toph)'' You might think you're the greatest earthbender in the world, but even ''you'' [[TemptingFate can't bend metal!]]
-->''Later, after she figores out [[ExtraOreDinary Metalbending]]''
-->'''Toph:''' I AM THE GREATEST EARTHBENDER IN THE WORLD! Don't you two dunderheads ever forget it!

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-->'''Xin Fu:''' ''(to Toph)'' You might think you're the greatest earthbender in the world, but even ''you'' [[TemptingFate can't bend metal!]]
-->''Later, after
metal!]]\\
''(After
she figores figures out [[ExtraOreDinary Metalbending]]''
-->'''Toph:'''
Metalbending]])''\\
'''Toph:'''
I AM THE GREATEST EARTHBENDER IN THE WORLD! Don't you two dunderheads ever forget it!it!
* LockedUpAndLeftBehind: Once Toph escapes her metal cell, she shoves Xin Fu and Yu into it and deforms the cell (which they could barely fit in) so they're stuck inside. And Yu has to pee.


-->"There are seven chakras that go up the body. Each pool of energy has a purpose and can be blocked by a specific kind of emotional muck. Be warned: opening the chakras is an intense experience, and once you begin this process, you cannot stop until all seven are opened. Are you ready?"
-->"...I'll do whatever it takes."

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-->"There ->''"There are seven chakras that go up the body. Each pool of energy has a purpose and can be blocked by a specific kind of emotional muck. Be warned: opening the chakras is an intense experience, and once you begin this process, you cannot stop until all seven are opened. Are you ready?"
-->"...
ready?"''
->''"...
I'll do whatever it takes."
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* TailorMadePrison: Toph gets trapped in a steel cage, with her captors convinced that she can't escape because she can't bend metal. However, it does help her develop her new ability to [[ExtraOreDinary metalbend]].

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